Posted by: Debbie Hanson
January 4, 2015

Debbie Hanson

12 Pieces of Essential Ice Fishing Safety Gear

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Winter has officially arrived and hard water anglers across the Northern states are bringing the ice augers out of storage. If you have plans to bundle up and join them for ice fishing season, now is the perfect time to run through this checklist of essential ice fishing safety gear. Life jacket. You wouldn’t want to leave the dock without a Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device (PFD) in the summer months, and winter should be…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
December 31, 2014

Tom Keer

Best Places to Ice Fish: 5 Tips

Jesse A. Wellen knows how to find fish!

Photo Credit: Jesse A. Wellen Learning how to ice fish isn’t as difficult as you might think.  It is a simple, fun sport.  Those of us far north of the Mason-Dixon line see the mercury in our thermometers drop and take the opportunity to bundle up and hit the ice.  Here are some tips and a gear list of ice fishing equipment to help enhance your next ice fishing trip. Ice Thickness:   Before you go…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
December 1, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

How Many Fishing Rods Does an Angler “Need?”

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The average subscriber to Bass Angler Magazine has about 26 fishing rods. Pennsylvania angler, Joe Stefanacci, estimates he has over 40. Nebraska angler Jared Schleifer only has 7 that he considers “active.” You could play a round of golf with just a 4-iron. It wouldn’t affect my score much, but once you gain experience and learn when, why, and how to use the full range of clubs for the unique challenge at each hole, a…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
October 21, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

“Holes”

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When fishing clear-water small streams and wading along the shore, anglers pay close attention to the location of riffles, pools, and especially, “holes” and how fish relate to these visible features. However when fishing in a boat on large, possibly murky water, it all looks the same. That’s why most anglers cast along the shoreline. This is a target they can see. Electronic “fish-finders” help anglers locate features in a seemingly featureless body of water.…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
July 23, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

UCAST

I don’t know if he fishes but last week, I followed the approximate path of Lebron James’ moving truck and drove 1066 miles to attend  ICAST in Orlando, Florida. It is the “world’s largest sport fishing trade show.”  The 11,000 plus attendees were “industry only,” so I felt fortunate to peek at some of the new, innovative recreational fishing products that will start appearing in stores. There was some overlap from companies that exhibited at…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
June 10, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Some like it Hot.

Fish behavior and activity is related greatly to water temperature. In general, fish are less active in cold water. As the temperature increases through the day or season, fish spend more time actively feeding. For example, largemouth bass may be inactive on cool mornings but more energetic in areas when the sun begins warming dark rocks or submerged logs.  There is a limit, though.  Too hot can lead to conditions with less oxygen and can…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
March 27, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Icy Fishing

We are finally slowly coming out of a brutal winter.  By some estimates there are still 15 inches of ice on some of the lakes in Pennsylvania.  In fact, Pennsylvania’s Mentored Youth Fishing Days of March 22 and April 5th, have been rescheduled to May 10th to allow for the thaw.  I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for some fishing that involves casting. The recent slightly warmer temperatures have opened more water on…

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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
January 28, 2014

Stephanie Vatalaro

6 Ice Fishing Tips from Tournament Pro Jack Baker

An angler offers ice fishing tips by showing how to find fish

Once you have started to ice fish the mystery of the search and the thrill of the catch tends to get in your blood. Yet to catch more fish you need a little more knowledge of what is going on below the ice. Here are a few ice fishing tips I recommend: Get a map of the lake: A quick method to learn what the fish are doing is pick a local lake that you…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
January 27, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Old Ice Holes

There is no reason to reinvent the wheel.  Or in this case, a circular hole in the ice. Winter’s fish portal. An abandoned hole in the ice might be obscured with blowing snow and refrozen partially, so look closely and watch your step.  Sometimes, you might even discover a hole that still has open water.  Often holes are drilled with a gas powered auger or chainsaw. If done in shallow water, this noise will spook…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
January 27, 2014

Debbie Hanson

6 Ways to Be Safer When Ice Fishing

Photo Credit: Jason Hertendy

Chances are pretty good that if you’ve started to read this blog post, you’re one of the many sportsmen or sportswomen who love being outdoors year-round… even if the winter elements mean that more preparation time is involved. While you may already be familiar with the basics of ice fishing safety, there are a few additional cold weather tips that can be applied when making a trip out to the shanty or ice fishing hole.…

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